evanb wrote:Delta28L wrote:Wonder if DL will expand in Western Africa to counter AA entry and Royal Marco joining One World Alliance.
AA already have substantial capacity into Africa through the JV with BA. Granted, West Africa isn't the strongest part of BA's network, but they do have ABV, ACC and LOS. CMN will complement this with a lot more designations, but ultimately less available capacity.
I'm not sure that Delta would respond in any specific way since the capacity change relative to the total market would still be minor.
The trouble is that West Africans are still going to Europe/North Africa to get to North America. Nothing makes the case for Africa World Airlines' growth more than this scenario. Each city cannot grow long haul routes on their own without connections. Once AWA has larger aircraft and more cities come into range, they would be the ideal partner for DL in ACC. KQ schedules from Freetown and Monrovia aren't going to be enough to feed the ACC-JFK route for daily flights. Luanda, Douala, Dar es Salaam and Harare are all possible contenders. One would not have to backtrack to Southern Africa to head west!